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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98435
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Date:20-AUG-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Owner/operator:444th BGp /676th BSqn USAAF
Registration: 42-6330
MSN: 3464
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:USAAF Base A-3, Kwanghan Airfield, southeast of Guanghan, Sichuan -   China
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:AAF Base A-3, Kwanghan Airfield, China
Destination airport:AAF Base A-3, Kwanghan Airfield
Narrative:
B-29-10-BW 42-6330: Delivered to USAAF 28 January 1944. Allocated to the CBI (China-Burma-India Theater of Operations) and issued to the 444th BG, 676th BS, USAAF: Named ‘Fickle Finger of Fate’

During the night of 20-21 August, ten of 13 B-29's took off late from Chengtu to attack the Yawata Iron Works and five attacked secondary targets. 62-6330 was written off (destroyed) when crashed into a cliff near USAAF Base A-3, Kwanghan Airfield, southeast of Guanghan, Sichuan, China on return from mission to bomb Yawata, Japan, 20 August, 1944.

All but one of the twelve crew were lost on August 20, 1944, when their aircraft “Fickle Finger” (42-6330 flew into a cliff near the Kwanghan base in China, returning from the Yawata mission). The last communication between the crew and the control tower did not indicate a problem, but for some reason the plane veered away from its flight path and was observed to crash and burst into flames.

Crew of B-29 42-6330:

Major Charles A. Hansen, aircraft commander
1st Lt. Harold H. Heinbaugh, co-pilot
Capt. Stephen I. Silverman, navigator
1st Lt. Roy W. Peerman Jr., bombardier
M/Sgt. Robert A. Gidley, flight engineer
T/Sgt. Albert J. Lobozzo, radio operator
S/Sgt. Denver P. Edington, gunner
S/Sgt. Howard L. Richel, gunner
S/Sgt. Walter W. Gilonske, gunner
S/Sgt. Harold D. Lanham, gunner
S/Sgt. Virgil E. Belford, radar operator

The lone survivor of the accident was radar operator Virgil Belford, who later lived in Great Bend, Kansas.

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Aug1944O.htm
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_1.html
3. http://usafunithistory.com/PDF/0600/676%20BOMB%20SQ.pdf
4. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150341955
5. http://www.444thbg.org/apps/auth/login?why=mpw&try=1&wp=1&next=millerulinec.htm


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jun-2017 16:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2020 17:49 DG333 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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